Helen of Troy: The Story Behind the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
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The elucidation of prehistoric social, political and religious systems is especially interesting and serves as a needed corrective to Christian-influenced constructions of Helen and, through her, all women. Now British historian Hughes investigates the history and myth of Helen, using a mix of archeological evidence, literary sources and personal observation to flesh out this archetypal creature. 60,000 first printing.(Oct. 4)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. . Acknowledgin
"which by the way is an excellent one, and I would suggest to one and" according to Warren W Dunn. The book was OK, but I wouldn't have gone out of my way to get it. It was full of Information about Late Bronze Age Civilisation, which was why I read it but still it was lacking; this I agree with another review. I read her other book: "The Hemlock Cup", which by the way is an excellent one, and I would suggest to one and all to read and forgo the "Helen of Troy" book! The second book was beyond the first by "a country mile". More erudite and factual and more of a joy to read. "Helen of Troy" is based on too much speculation and modern trivia which to me is beyond the pale for the basis of a book; perhaps an essay but not a full. A FUN, INFORMATIVE READ D. Blankenship This is popular history. This work is not a history text. The reader needs to keep this in mind when starting this work. The author, in my opinion has done more than an excellent job. Her prose alone make the book worth the read. Granted, there is much speculation in this work, but if you read the author's comments, she is the first to point this fact out. That being said, with what we know today, and the author has done an amazing job of gathering her facts, then much of the life of Helen must be speculation. The author has given us this although I would choose the words "educated speculation" in the case of this work. I enjoyed. "A Good Attempt to Reconstruct the Bronze Age" according to David B Richman. Troy has always fascinated people and the "cause" of the Trojan war, the Spartan princess Helen, is now perhaps only second to Cleopatra in the modern iconography of ancient women. Indeed, while we are not even sure that a real Helen existed, there certainly was a Troy and a Sparta, and their histories, although now obscured by the mists of time and lack of contemporary written record, had to have been quite turbulent. Through the writings of Homer and others, Helen has come down to us as intelligent, obviously beautiful, and as either victim or schemer, goddess or mortal, violated virgin or whore. In any case something very bad
Tracing the cultural impact that Helen has had on both the ancient world and Western civilization, Hughes explores Helen’s role and representations in literature and in art throughout the ages. For 3,000 years, the woman known as Helen of Troy has been both the ideal symbol of beauty and a reminder of the terrible power beauty can wield.In her search for the identity behind this mythic figure, acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes uses Homer’s account of Helen’s life to frame her own investigation. This is a masterly work of historical inquiry about one of the world’s most famous women.